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Helpful Resources for Those with Binge Eating Disorder

One of the disorders The Highlands offers treatment for is binge eating disorder. The disorder occurs when the patient experiences a lack of control over what they eat and they consume a portion size that is larger than normal for the individual over a distinct amount of time.
“Because a patient’s urge to binge is rooted in underlying issues, we look below the surface to discover what is driving the behavior and help the client understand the disorder and its causes,” states the treatment center’s website.
Although awareness of binge eating disorder is becoming more prevalent there are a variety of websites that offer more information. Binge Eating Disorder Association According to the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) website, ”Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. An estimated 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder.” The BEDA was founded in 2008. The national organization has increased awareness of BED and associated weight stigma through education, advocacy and outreach. Some of the organizations goals are prevention and proper treatment and diagnosis of BED and promotion of excellence in care. DSM-5 Published earlier this year, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) included binge eating disorder as its own category of eating disorder for the first time. According to the American Psychiatric Publishing website, “while overeating is a challenge for many Americans, recurrent binge eating is much less common, far more severe, and is associated with significant physical and psychological problems.” For those who struggle with bingeing and impulse control disorders, specifically binge eating, hair pulling, binge drinking and binge shopping, was created as a social platform to encourage self-awareness and to educate and entertain. The site has effectively become a sober social network where members can seek understanding by peers and read articles published by professional experts. SAMHSA The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a government agency reduce substance abuse and mental illness and advances the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA provides educational literature on a variety of topics including eating disorders.  ‘Clients with Substance Use and Eating Disorders’ and ‘TIP 51: Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women’ are two helpful resources offered by the administration. The information is free of charge and can be downloaded or ordered on their website.

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